Thursday, January 13, 2005

Indonesia Apparently Does Not Value Our Assistance

Indonesia, the country that suffered the most from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of December 26, apparently couldn't care less about the assistance being given by U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines. The Sydney Morning Herald (along with other news outlets) is reporting that:
"[T]he aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which serves as a key base for relief operations, had to move outside Indonesian territorial waters off Banda Aceh because Indonesians objected to US training flights.

"Moreover, US marines delivering aid to survivors had to scale back their presence on shore and move to ships of the carrier group to address Indonesian sensitivities and security concerns."

If this is how we are treated for helping, then maybe we ought to pack our bags and go home (or at least go where we are appreciated). On the other hand, people are dying and we are the United States of America, the greatest nation the world has ever known and WE HELP PEOPLE, WHETHER IT IS APPRECIATED OR NOT, BECAUSE THAT'S WHO WE ARE.

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